About Shu Wan

I am currently matriculated as a doctoral student in history at the University at Buffalo. My dissertation primarily examine the history of deafness, including deaf politics, deaf community, and deaf education, in China between the 1880s and 1940s.

Shu Wan is currently matriculated as a doctoral student in history at the University at Buffalo. As a digital and disability historian, he serves in the editorial team of Digital Humanities Quarterly and Nursing Clio. On Twitter: @slissw.

NBN Episodes hosted by Shu:

Paul Franke, "Feeling Lucky: The Production of Gambling Experiences in Monte Carlo and Las Vegas" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023)

January 29, 2024

Feeling Lucky

Paul Franke
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Monte Carlo and Las Vegas have become synonymous with casino gambling. Both destinations featured it as part of a broad variety of leisure and consump…

Utsa Mukherjee, "Race, Class, Parenting and Children's Leisure: Children's Leisurescapes and Parenting Cultures in Middle-Class British Indian Families" (Bristol UP, 20223)

October 29, 2023

Race, Class, Parenting and Children's Leisure

Utsa Mukherjee
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Children's leisure lives are changing, with increasing dominance of organised activities and screen-based leisure. These shifts have reconfigured pare…

Ji Li, "At the Frontier of God's Empire: A Missionary Odyssey in Modern China" (Oxford UP, 2023)

October 22, 2023

At the Frontier of God's Empire

Ji Li
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To a lively cast of international players that shaped Manchuria during the early twentieth century, At the Frontier of God's Empire: A Missionary Odys…

Janice Rieger, "Design, Disability and Embodiment: Spatial Justice and Perspectives of Power" (Routledge, 2023)

October 4, 2023

Design, Disability and Embodiment

Janice Rieger
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Janice Rieger's book Design, Disability and Embodiment: Spatial Justice and Perspectives of Power (Routledge, 2023) explores the spatial and social in…

Albert Welter, "The Future of China's Past: Reflections on the Meaning of China's Rise" (SUNY Press, 2023)

October 3, 2023

The Future of China's Past

Albert Welter
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Albert Welter's book The Future of China's Past: Reflections on the Meaning of China's Rise (SUNY Press, 2023) examines how China's traditional cultur…

Jessica Lowell Mason and Nicole Crevar, "Madwomen in Social Justice Movements, Literatures, and Art" (Vernon Press, 2023)

September 26, 2023

Madwomen in Social Justice Movements, Literatures, and Art

Jessica Lowell Mason and Nicole Crevar
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Jessica Lowell Mason and Nicole Crevar's Madwomen in Social Justice Movements, Literatures, and Art (Vernon Press, 2023) boldly reasserts the importan…

Scott Selberg, "Mediating Alzheimer's: Cognition and Personhood" (U Minnesota Press, 2022)

September 21, 2023

Mediating Alzheimer's

Scott Selberg
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With no known cause or cure despite a century of research, Alzheimer's disease is a true medical mystery. In Mediating Alzheimer's: Cognition and Pers…

Valentina Capurri, "Not Good Enough for Canada: Canadian Public Discourse Around Issues of Inadmissibility for Potential Immigrants with Diseases And/Or Disabilities" (U Toronto Press, 2020)

September 20, 2023

Not Good Enough for Canada

Valentina Capurri
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Valentina Capurri's book Not Good Enough for Canada: Canadian Public Discourse Around Issues of Inadmissibility for Potential Immigrants with Diseases…

Molly Ladd-Taylor, "Fixing the Poor: Eugenic Sterilization and Child Welfare in the Twentieth Century" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2020)

September 20, 2023

Fixing the Poor

Molly Ladd-Taylor
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Between 1907 and 1937, thirty-two states legalized the sterilization of more than 63,000 Americans. In Fixing the Poor: Eugenic Sterilization and Chil…

Hongwei Bao, "Contemporary Chinese Queer Performance" (Routledge, 2022)

September 18, 2023

Contemporary Chinese Queer Performance

Hongwei Bao
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In Contemporary Chinese Queer Performance (Routledge, 2022), Hongwei Bao analyses queer theatre and performance in contemporary China. Boa documents v…

Tiantian Zheng, "Violent Intimacy: Family Harmony, State Stability, and Intimate Partner Violence in Post-Socialist China" (Bloomsbury, 2022)

September 10, 2023

Violent Intimacy

Tiantian Zheng
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Based on ethnographic research with victims of intimate partner violence since 2014, Tiantian Zheng's Violent Intimacy: Family Harmony, State Stabilit…

Teresa Michals, "Lame Captains and Left-Handed Admirals: Amputee Officers in Nelson's Navy" (U Virginia Press, 2021)

September 9, 2023

Lame Captains and Left-Handed Admirals

Teresa Michals
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The well-known Admiral Horatio Nelson fought all of his most historically significant battles after he lost his right arm and the sight in one eye. Wi…

Altman Yuzhu Peng, "A Feminist Reading of China’s Digital Public Sphere" (Palgrave Pivot, 2020)

September 6, 2023

A Feminist Reading of China’s Digital Public Sphere

Altman Yuzhu Peng
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In A Feminist Reading of China’s Digital Public Sphere (Palgrave Pivot, 2020), Altman Yuzhu Peng articulates how feminism and pseudo-feminism become c…

Gerald O'Brien, "Eugenics, Genetics, and Disability in Historical and Contemporary Perspective: Implications for the Social Work Profession" (Oxford UP, 2023)

September 5, 2023

Eugenics, Genetics, and Disability in Historical and Contemporary Perspective

Gerald O'Brien
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Gerald O'Brien's book Eugenics, Genetics, and Disability in Historical and Contemporary Perspective: Implications for the Social Work Profession (Oxfo…

Jonathan Ablard, "Madness in Buenos Aires: Patients, Psychiatrists, and the Argentine State, 1880-1983" (Ohio UP, 2008)

September 2, 2023

Madness in Buenos Aires

Jonathan Ablard
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Madness in Buenos Aires: Patients, Psychiatrists, and the Argentine State, 1880-1983 (Ohio UP, 2008) examines the interactions between psychiatrists, …

Ben Mattlin, "Disability Pride: Dispatches from a Post-ADA World" (Beacon, 2022)

September 2, 2023

Disability Pride

Ben Mattlin
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In Disability Pride: Dispatches from a Post-ADA World (Beacon, 2022), disabled journalist Ben Mattlin weaves together interviews and reportage to intr…

Tony McCaffrey, "Giving and Taking Voice in Learning Disabled Theatre" (Routledge, 2023)

August 5, 2023

Giving and Taking Voice in Learning Disabled Theatre

Tony McCaffrey
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Giving and Taking Voice in Learning Disabled Theatre (Routledge, 2023) offers unique insight into the question of 'voice' in learning disabled theatre…

Christine Keiner, "Deep Cut: Science, Power, and the Unbuilt Interoceanic Canal" (U Georgia Press, 2020)

August 5, 2023

Deep Cut

Christine Keiner
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The Atlantic-Pacific Central American sea-level canal is generally regarded as a spectacular failure. However, Deep Cut: Science, Power, and the Unbui…

Eileen V. Wallis, "California and the Politics of Disability, 1850–1970" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023)

June 28, 2023

California and the Politics of Disability, 1850–1970

Eileen V. Wallis
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Eileen V. Wallis' book California and the Politics of Disability, 1850–1970 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023) explores the political, legal, medical, and soc…

Jean Pfaelzer, "California, a Slave State" (Yale UP, 2023)

June 23, 2023

California, a Slave State

Jean Pfaelzer
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California owes its origins and sunny prosperity to slavery. Spanish invaders captured Indigenous people to build the chain of Catholic missions. Russ…

Yue Du, "State and Family in China" (Cambridge UP, 2021)

June 19, 2023

State and Family in China

Yue Du
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In Imperial China, the idea of filial piety not only shaped family relations but was also the official ideology by which Qing China was governed. In S…

Zhouxiang Lu, "A History of Competitive Gaming" (Routledge, 2022)

June 12, 2023

A History of Competitive Gaming

Zhouxiang Lu
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Competitive gaming, or esports - referring to competitive tournaments of video games among both casual gamers and professional players - began in the …

Yoshiko Okuyama, "Tōjisha Manga: Japan’s Graphic Memoirs of Brain and Mental Health" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022)

June 10, 2023

Tōjisha Manga

Yoshiko Okuyama
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Yoshiko Okuyama's book Tōjisha Manga: Japan’s Graphic Memoirs of Brain and Mental Health (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022) defines tōjisha manga as Japan’s a…

Joshua St. Pierre, "Cheap Talk: Disability and the Politics of Communication" (U MIchigan Press, 2022)

June 9, 2023

Cheap Talk

Joshua St. Pierre
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In Cheap Talk: Disability and the Politics of Communication (U Michigan Press, 2022), Joshua St. Pierre flips the script on communication disability, …